This accession consists of audio and video elements created during the production of the radio series "Memphis: Cradle of Rock and Soul" and videos for the exhibition "Rock 'n' Soul: Social Crossroads."
"Memphis: Cradle of Rock and Soul" is a 13-part radio documentary featuring oral histories and music from the National Museum of American History's collection of recordings. The programs were narrated by Cybill Shepherd and aired in the fall of 2000.
"Rock 'n' Soul: Social Crossroads" was jointly produced by the National Museum of American History and the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum and permanently resides in Memphis. The exhibition, which opened in 2000, traces the emergence of rock and roll and rhythm and blues music in Memphis from 1930-1975, from its rural traditions and working class influences. Smithsonian Productions produced a number of videos for use in this exhibition.
Much of the material in this collection consists of interviews and recordings of musicians on DAT or 3/4" U-matic videotape. Materials also include interviews of historians, voiceovers, rough cuts, and final cuts.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 06-013, Smithsonian Productions, Productions
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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